Fall is here! Well actually in my locale we sorta skipped over fall and went straight from summer to winter but that's another story.
Back when it still felt like summer, only I had started seeing Halloween & Christmas decor in stores, I dropped into my favorite coffee shop for a pumpkin spice latte. That got me to thinking about raw pumpkin drinks - cold ones.
Turns out there are loads of "blog published" Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipes on the web. I figured I'd take a "stab" at a raw one.
|Count Pumpkula's head makes a nice smoothie.|
Rumor has it that a serrated vegetable peeler takes the skin off of winter squashes (such as pie pumpkins) lickidy split.
Uhh, not exactly. But I will vouch that serrated peelers are great for skinning raw tomatoes.
I thought I'd try a freshly sharpened chef's knife. For the record that didn't work either.
Next I got out my cleaver like knife. This is not a great quality knife but with much effort on my part I was able to hack through the skin (from many different angles till I found one that did the job).
Oh, the carnage!
After a little seed-o-dectomy, I got started on slicing, dicing and cutting the skin off the pumpkin.
It took a long time. Perhaps a better knife would have made it easier. Or maybe I'll just use a can of cooked pumpkin next time.
That being said, I believe my recipe below would work just fine substituting cooked pumpkin for the raw pumpkin. In fact, the majority of recipes I found for Pumpkin Pie Smoothies do use canned pumpkin.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
1 cup raw (or cooked) pumpkin
1 1/2 cup almond milk (or soy milk, coconut milk, etc.)
1 frozen banana
3 TBS maple syrup
2 TBS pecans
3 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 - 2 cups ice
Add everything to a high speed blender (such as Vitamix or Blendtec) and process until smoothified. I think this would also work in a regular blender with cooked pumpkin.
Note: This smoothie leaves a dehydrated feeling in my mouth. It may be from the pumpkin being raw or perhaps the cinnamon is the culprit. Also, its not an overly sweet smoothie but I like it this way. You may want to add some honey to boost sweetness if that's an issue for you. The best advantage I can see for using raw pumpkin over cooked is that more vitamins make into your body with raw pumpkin. When pumpkin is cooked some of the vitamins say bye, bye.
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